Cohen & Cohen, P.C. handles many different types of car accident cases, including those that arise when the collision occurs in snow. These cases present interesting challenges because they can occur even when the parties involved in the car accident are driving cautiously. Here are some basic tips for driving in snow and ice that may help you avoid a car accident. If you are involved in a car accident while on snow, and the accident occurs in Maryland, D.C., or Virginia, you should consider contacting a law firm to assist with your case.
When driving on snow, always decrease your speed and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. It is recommended that you allow yourself 3-4 times usual space between you and the car in front of you.
Many cars today are equipped with anti-lock brakes. This helps you stop in a wet surface, such as rain, snow, or ice, because your brakes will pump automatically. Nevertheless, brake gently when driving on snow and this will help you should an emergency arise.
It sounds basic, but many people don’t follow this simple rule. Salt is generally placed on roads during snow storms. This salt will cake your vehicle and windshield, and this makes it hard to see. Keep your windshield clean, which improves your visibility.
All vehicles are equipped with different levels of gears. Many cars will have a low gear, a mid gear, and regular drive. When there is snow and ice on the ground, use a lower gear. This will help you control your speed.
Of course, whenever possible, stay off the roads when the conditions are not safe. Plan ahead so that you do not need to be driving your vehicle. But if you must get into a car and drive on snow and ice, we hope these tips help! Should you find yourself in need of a car accident lawyer, call us today. Our goal is to help you resolve your case amicably, and without the need for litigation or even a deposition!